my thighs touch. And I wear full-piece bathing suits. I’m out of the running to be featured on ‘thinspo’ (thin inspiration) Tumblr sites. To make the cut, I would need to be able to post closely cropped photos of a Thigh Gap (also called a Box Gap) and a Bikini Bridge. First came the Thigh Gap, which, as the name suggests, is the cul-de-sac between your inner thighs, meaning they don’t touch, with an acceptable width of around at least 10 centimetres. Now, the Thigh Gap has been knocked off its fat-shaming pedestal by the Bikini Bridge – the latest trend to take a swipe at your body image. Much like Thigh Gaps, Bikini Bridges are easy enough to identify. Lie flat on your back, watch for hip bones that jut out and then look on as your bikini waistband lifts from your abdomen,forming a valley-like space below. If, like me, your waistband remains firmly against your skin as gravity refuses to make your belly disappear, you may well be wasting your time even donning a two-piece swimsuit. The Bikini Bridge has its roots in 2009, courtesy of a Tumblr site and its definition’s first inclusion in the Urban Dictionary. As deplorable as trends like these are, they take a real effort to ignore. Even the most body-confident among us know that strange obsessions like these worm their way into our subconscious and have us absent-mindedly pondering over them,as we look at our naked reflections. Trends like these promote an obsession over some of the most negligible parts of our bodies. Parts largely dependent on a genetic lottery. Are we to see new cosmetic surgeries to change our pelvis size, shape and positioning? Or will we read ‘health’ books dedicated to the Bikini Bridge diet? And as we try to outBikini Bridge each other on social media, it sometimes feels like our insecurities are too easy to pit us against each other. Sometimes I wish the bridge over them was easier to build or cross.
From left A Bikini Bridge; a Thigh Gap.